Yes, this apparently isn’t a joke . According to several people attending MIX today, Microsoft revealed that Windows Phone 7 Serieswill not feature a clipboard/copy/paste function when launched later this year. I don’t really know what to think of this other than: “WTH are they thinking?!”. Did the Microsoft rep really say that or was his answer mis-interpreted? More to come… I always though that WP7 will feature such a basic function given that text can be highlighted in the browser (as seen a the screenshot I took using the emulator, you can also see this happening during several live demos posted online).
Update: According to Paul Thurrott, Microsoft told him that the functionality isn’t currently present in WP7 but the plan is to implement it before RTM:
So I was told that Windows Phone copy and paste is not definitely, but that they were looking at adding this before RTM. It’s not there now.
Update 2: Accodring to Microsoft’s Todd Brix there’s no plan to add the feature later (!?):
“We don’t enable copy and paste and we do that very intentionally,” [...] “It’s actually an intentional design decision,” he said. “We try to anticipate what the user wants so copy and paste isn’t necessary.” “We tried to focus on what the core use cases were,” Brix said. “Certainly there will be some people that wont be happy with some of those decisions.”
What kind of BS is that ?
Update 3: Just got an offical response from Microsoft. It’s coming in future updates.